Thursday, March 15, 2012

Moving Forward

I'm sure you can remember from all my whining that the last few months my life has been out of whack. Well, now finally I'm building a rhythm and I can't foresee great disturbances that will cause a new pandemonium around here. So what to do now? Develop a plan.

I don't know about you, but I always work best when I feel organized. Feel being the operative word here. What I mean is, I'm not necessarily achieving more or following my scheduled as programed, but the closer I get to it, the greater my sense of completion. So, here it is:

I, hereby pledge to blog two days a week.

  • Tuesdays I'll go back to my reviews, haven't done that in a while and I miss them, for one. It can be movies or books, maybe even a theatrical piece if one good enough crosses my path. No genre exclusivity this time around. 
  • I'll also be blogging every friday. Fridays are fun for most everyone and we want to start the weekend with a nice, entertaining thought. For this reason I'll do lists on this day. It can be best movies, best books, places to go, vacations to take, and occasionally, I'll just share with you a picture that's made me laugh.
I also will blog a few extra times a month, like the first wednesday of each month for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, or when I have some exciting news to share. And I'll take a break from this schedule during the month of april, when I'll be blogging everyday about horror books and movies going down the alphabet, courtesy of the A to Z challenge.

About my book writing, I currently have two short stories being considered for two different anthologies. They've been rejected before, so I don't want to have high hopes; however, my spirits are kind of high. I also have another short that needs work but could be perfect for the new Dark Moon Anthology only for ladies. And I'm working on my new novel, Deliverance.

The plan there is to work on the ms until about chapter five or six, then let it breath while working on that short for Dark Moon. When that one's ready to go, go back to Deliverance and keep working.

I have plenty of stories that I can edit or expand and I think I'll do one at a time whenever I hit a roadblock with the novel. It has proven to work for me before, taking some weeks off the ms releases my anxiety and allows me to work better and fluently.

By the end of the year I should have a complete first draft of the novel and at least two more short stories... may I say published?? I sure hope so. But it's the level of production that I'm aiming to increase this year, so that's where my mind should concentrate. I have no control over the other stuff and I'll do my best not to fret over it.

So what do you think? It might not be too much for many, but keeping up with my girls and traveling with the family is something I wouldn't want to miss. Not even for the love of writing. In the mean time, have fun. Go read something exciting!


Shockgrubz said...

I feel that organization is also a must in my life.

I cross my fingers and toes for your work to become published.

Gina said...

Shockgrubz: I think there are people who work very well on what to outsiders seems like disorder, but even them have a sense of order within their chaos. For the slight OCD kind like me, there is no other way to do things. =)

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